Leftovers aren’t boring

Streak day 3, 8 days to go ’till NYC! Still doing great on my mini-challenge! 😀

I got a craving for a breakfast I made last week: smoked salmon sandwiches, so yesterday I stopped by TJ’s to pick up some lox. This breakfast did not disappoint! It looks kind of messy (sorry the bread is very fragile and broke apart on it’s “commute to work”) but it was super rich and delicious!

The bread I used is The Baker wholegrain flaxseed bread. It is so nutty and addicting. My husband would hate it, so I know it’s not for everyone, but I absolutely cannot get enough of this stuff! Here is a picture of the package if you’re interested…

So breakfast was 2 slices of the bread, about 1 1/2 ounces of lox and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese. I also had a cup of hazelnut coffee with half and half and a tsp of agave nectar. The usual stuff. I wanted more food after this breakfast but remembered that last time it kept me really full for a long time. I decided to wait it out a bit, which worked! I probably would’ve had a massive stomachache if I ate more like I instinctively wanted to.

About 3 hours later I snacked on this apple. It was my pre-workout snack. I wasn’t even that hungry, but I knew I needed fuel for my abs + spinning classes.

Both classes were soooo good and so tough today. I was super excited for them for some reason. I think it’s because I’m feeling like my old self. I love eating healthy and working out! It’s so good to know I’m taking care of myself! The abs class is the toughest one they offer at my gym, just basic stuff but you feel the burn after 15 minutes of straight crunching. And spinning… once again today was my favorite instructor and I haven’t been to his class in months. It was excellent. I was dripping sweat like crazy and loved it! He turned the lights on at the end of the class and I was super shiny, but looked so buff!!! My arms looked so toned. Maybe it was that boxercise class last night? Hmm, doubt one class did the trick. Anyways, I felt good!

Moving on to lunch, which is boring for blog purposes because it was leftovers from last night’s dinner. It was still absolutely delicious! In fact when I got back from the gym I had an email from my husband saying how good lunch was (he had the leftovers too). It’s pretty cool to get 2 meals for both of us in the same amount of effort. The flip side of course is when something doesn’t come out incredibly good and you’re stuck eating it the next day. Luckily I haven’t had any mishaps in a while :)

Afternoon snack, one of my absolute favorites. I’ve blogged about this snack before. It’s the perfect thing to take care of my sweet tooth! 1/2 banana, packet of Barney Butter inside a TJ’s low carb tortilla wrap. Best.snack.ever!

Speaking of Barney Butter, I found out today on Kath’s blog that Barney Butter is giving free shipping for orders over $14. This is your chance to stock up on their goodies (like the single serving almond butters) before they start selling their products at Whole Foods next year. Just type ship4free when you check out. I definitely took advantage of this today :)

Oh another little victory today was this: I was walking by a bowl with halloween candy at work and grabbed a york chocolate mint patty. I know this stuff isn’t that many calories comparatively to some of the other chocolate goodies so I felt it was a pretty good choice. I ran into a co-worker of mine on the way to my desk and we ended up talking about a transaction for about 10 minutes. Well, when I was done talking to her I realized I really didn’t need this candy at all. Just because it’s a healthier choice out of the bad stuff, doesn’t mean it’s a good one. I had my banana/almond butter wrap waiting for me, so I was good :) I put the candy back and made some tea and the wrap. It felt pretty cool. Small victories…

When I got home I remembered that I got some pumpkin butter at TJ’s yesterday. I decided to have a tiny snack featuring it! I had a little over 1/4 cup of TJ’s European style nonfat yogurt, with a little less than a tablespoon of the pumpking butter and a little less than 1/3 serving of Erin’s pb granola.

Pumpkin butter was pretty interesting. For those of you who haven’t tried it, imagine a pretty sweet pumpkin flavored jelly. Not sure why they are calling it “butter.” It was pretty intense so I would use it with causion. But it was quite nice and definitely very pumpkin-y, and since I’m recently a little obsessed with pumpkin and other fall veggies (like squash) I liked it.

For dinner tonight I made another 20 minute meal from Cooking Light November issue: hamburger stroganoff. My husband was super apprehensive about this one (I guess he hasn’t had the best experience with stroganoffs) but I already bought the ingredients (not realizing he didn’t really want it) and reminded him that all the other 20 minute meals from Cooking Light have been awesome. Fastforward 20 minutes or so, here is my plate:

And yeah, it was awesome!!!!! My husband loved it too and we’re both having it for lunch again tomorrow. Sorry to be boring, but when it’s good, I actually really look forward to having it again. I followed the recipe pretty much to the T, except omitted the onions, used about 30% more mushrooms and served it over egg-white-only egg noodles. Another winner! I love it.

And today’s tally is…

Calories (1200-1650) – DONE – 1464
Fitness – DONE – abs + spinning (60 minutes total)
Water – DONE- 9 cups
F/Vs – DONE- apple, banana, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms

Good night!

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